Licking County News

Pataskala more than half way through contracted salt supply

Pataskala has used 500 more tons of road salt this winter than last year, according to Benjamin King, the city's public-services director.

Last winter, the city used 1,300 tons of road salt, King said. This winter, the city has used 1,800 tons.

The city can store 500 tons of salt and is contracted to purchase up to 3,300 tons of salt this winter, King said.

King said the city already has purchased some road salt through the Ohio Department of Transportation and 150 tons of salt were delivered Jan. 29 to help keep roads clear.

If the city runs low on road salt, King said, city officials might consider clearing main roads only.

"Any modifications to the snow- and ice-management plan will be determined based on the conditions and current salt supply on hand," King said in an email. "If we must modify the plan, main routes will take priority."

-- Lori Wince